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October 28, 2011

GE to Sell 350 Wind Turbines to BP Unit

Filed under: National News,News — Tags: — admin @ 8:37 am

By MIA LAMAR

General Electric Co. said Thursday it is selling 350 wind turbines to BP PLC’s wind energy arm in a deal valued at roughly $750 million.

BP said the deal, encompassing equipment and five-year service agreement, reflects the energy giant’s push to aggressively expand its presence in U.S. wind energy projects.

Roughly 88 wind turbines will be delivered to BP’s Mehoopany Wind Farm located on a 9,000-acre site in Pennsylvannia. The remaining 262 units will be delivered to a Kansas wind farm. Both projects, which will have a combined power generation of 560 megawatts, are expected to be on line by the end of next year.

“We continue to see strong demand for our advanced wind turbine technology because of its capability to meet the economic and environmental priorities of operators like BP Wind Energy,” said Victor Abate, vice president of renewables for GE Power & Water.

Reporting third-quarter results last week, GE said profit fell 9% at its big energy business amid pressure on prices for wind turbines. The conglomerate’s energy business is a key focus for the company as it aims to shift back to its industrial roots.

October 21, 2011

Weekly Alternative Energy News

Filed under: Solar Energy — Tags: — admin @ 11:28 am

By Washington Technology staff at Washington Technology

DOD wants industry to invest $7B in alternative energy

Oct 21, 2011

The Defense Department wants private industry to spend big bucks on alternative-energy resources for Army installations and has created a team to complete the task, reports the Army News Service.

The new Energy Initiatives Task Force’s role is to persuade businesses to invest up to $7 billion in solar energy, wind power and other large-scale renewable-energy projects to be installed on military bases, according to an Oct. 18 panel at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.

In order to solicit the private capital, the Army must first be an attractive investment option, said Richard Kidd, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability. This can be accomplished through streamlined business processes, efforts to reduce risk, and improving the due diligence of projects, he explained.

“We can’t order the private sector to do business with us,” Kidd said.

Fort Bliss in Texas is a good model, the news service said. By partnering with El Paso Electric on renewable projects, the military post has saved $2.7 million annually on energy programs, and will soon be launching a solar facility and gas turbine.


Other News

New Generation Inverters to Drive Down Cost of Solar Power: Interview with Silicon Valley’s Array Power

Oct 21, 2011

Digital and solid state electronics are reshaping the way solar power systems are designed and built, holding out the promise of higher, more efficient performance at significantly lower cost and with a smaller footprint. This is especially true in the market for inverters, which…

For the full Article go to the link: Clean Technica

WindTV Showcases Wind Success Stories

Oct 21, 2011

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently launched WindTV, “a site dedicated to showcasing video profiles of Americans whose lives have been positively affected by the wind industry.” Each week, a different video profile will featured.“The wind industry is a tremendous American success story,” said…

For the full Article go to the link: Clean Technica

March 25, 2011

Weekly Renewable Energy News Round Up

Here is this week’s Renewable Energy News Round Up! This is a collection of new, important or offbeat renewable energy news we’ve found throughout the week.

Report: U.S. solar $6 billion industry in 2010

By Candice Lombari at CNET GreenTech

The U.S. solar market grew 67 percent from a $3.6 billion market in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010, according to “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2010 Year in Review,” a report released this month by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.

California installed the most photovoltaics last year, with 258.9 megawatts of direct current (MWdc), followed by New Jersey in second place with 137.1, and Nevada with 61.4. Others on the Top 10 list in order of greatest installations included Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas.

Click here to read the rest of the story!

Austin legislators push solar energy measures

Texas is the top-producing state for wind-generated electricity just 12 years after a legislative deal jump-started the industry.

The Legislature is now debating whether Texas should provide a similar subsidy for other renewable energy sources that, according to proponents, would kick-start solar, geothermal and biomass as job-producing industries. The goals also would be to diversify the state’s renewable energy base and help the environment.

Click here to read the rest of the story!

PUC approves line route to transmit wind energy

The pace of wind energy transmission approvals for the Panhandle is building from a breeze to a gale with another route finalized and the last two moving along.

The Public Utility Commission approved a line route from near Lefors to the Panhandle area on Friday that could cost $62 million for about 40 miles of high-voltage transmission. That will put the cost of the three segments Cross Texas is building at more than $200 million, according to the company.

Click here to read the rest of the story!
What did you think of this week’s Renewable Energy News Roundup? Anything else you think we should have covered? Comment on our fan page or tweet us and let us know!

February 25, 2011

National News: Obama Administration Signals High Priority of Renewable Energy

National News from International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development:

US President Barack Obama proposed on Valentine’s Day to boost funds for clean energy research and deployment in his 2012 budget by slashing subsidies for fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. The announcement comes at a time of great sensitivity on issues related to government support for clean energy, following the US launching of a WTO dispute against China’s support for wind power manufacturing and Japan’s WTO challenge against Canadian green energy subsidies (see Bridges Trade Biores, 24 January 2011 and 24 September 2010 respectively).

But despite these conflicts and resistance from lobby groups, Obama has maintained his focus on the importance of the industry, including clean energy technology among a few singled out as part of “our generation’s Sputnik moment” in his State of the Union address.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

February 8, 2011

75% of Consumers Have a Favorable View of Solar Power and Wind Energy

Filed under: National News,News,Solar Energy,Wind Energy — Tags: , , — Georgia Romig @ 11:14 am

Here’s an article from REVE we thought you might like.

According to a new survey from Pike Research, consumer support for renewable energy sources, such as solar energy and wind power, is extremely high.

The future of the U.S. energy supply is a topic of fierce debate in the political and business arenas, and consumer opinion is a vital component of the broader discussion about the pros and cons of various paths toward a clean energy future.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Teachers learn about wind energy

Filed under: News,Wind Energy — Tags: , — Georgia Romig @ 11:12 am

Here’s a neat article we found by Michelle Mitchell at The Desert Sun. Here’s an excerpt!

About 30 Coachella Valley teachers spent their Saturday learning how to incorporate lessons on wind energy into their classrooms.

Representatives from the KidWind Project presented the workshop, which taught educators the principles of wind energy, provided ways to include these lessons in the curriculum and gave them materials to build miniature, working windmills.

“My goal is to have teachers become more aware of this form of renewable energy,” particularly because of the visible presence of wind turbines in the Coachella Valley, said Larry McLaughlin, who heads College of the Desert’s Energy Enterprise Center in Palm Springs where the training was held.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Solar & Wind Energy News of the Last Week (or So)

Great blog post from CleanTechina! Here’s an excerpt.

Ted Turner’s Solar Plant Begins Commercial Operation

Founder of CNN Ted Turner has announced that the 30-MW solar power plant developed and built by First Solar that he jointly owns has now started commercial operation. Here’s a little more from CalFinder Solar:

Built on more than 364 acres next to Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico, presumably on private land since the project faced no environmental-review hurdles, the Cimarron Solar Project will feed power to Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a non-profit wholesale power dealer, and its 44 member electric cooperatives.

The project was first announced at the recent climate conference in Cancun and the electricity produced by it is expected to be enough to power 9,000 homes.

Go, Ted!

Click here to read the rest of the post at CleanTechina.

February 4, 2011

Global wind power capacity increases by 22% in 2010

From REVE:

Global wind energy installations increased by 35.8 GW in 2010. Wind farm capacity up to 194.4 GW, a 22.5% increase on the 158.7 GW wind turbines installed at the end of 2009.

This brings total installed wind energy capacity up to 194.4 GW, a 22.5% increase on the 158.7 GW wind farm installed at the end of 2009. The new capacity added in 2010 represents investments worth EUR 47.3 billion (US Dollars 65 bn).

For the first time in 2010, more than half of all new wind power was added outside of the traditional markets in Europe and North America. This was mainly driven by the continuing boom in China, which accounted for nearly half the new wind installations (16.5 GW).

Click here to read more.

American Wind Energy Association – Background on Texas Blackouts

Filed under: National News,News,Texas News — Tags: — admin @ 10:41 am

From REVE

Wind power played a major role in keeping the blackouts from becoming more severe. Between 5 and 7 A.M. this morning (the peak of the electricity shortage) wind turbines was providing between 3,500 and 4,000 MW,

Many parts of the Texas experienced rolling blackouts, coinciding with unusually cold temperatures across many parts of the state. Millions of customers statewide appear to have been affected. Here are the facts as they are currently understood:

Wind energy played a major role in keeping the blackouts from becoming more severe. Between 5 and 7 A.M. this morning (the peak of the electricity shortage) wind farm power was providing between 3,500 and 4,000 MW, roughly the amount it had been forecast and scheduled to provide. That is about 7% of the state’s total electricity demand at that time, or enough for about 3 million average homes.

Cold and icy conditions caused unexpected equipment failures at power plants, taking up to 50 fossil-fired power plants totaling 7,000 MW of capacity offline.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

January 7, 2010

International News: Solar Panel Thefts Heating Up

This is kind of an odd alternative energy story, but we thought you might enjoy it.

From National Public Radio:

Solar panels are a hot commodity, and not just for residents and businesses that want to go green. It turns out that thieves also embrace clean technology. Solar panel thefts are on the rise, and the most popular targets include California wineries. What a disappointment. You’re a vintner. You’re sitting there, the thieves leave the bottles of wine alone and take the panel.

For more info on the thefts (and possible motivations), listen to the broadcast (or read the transcript) here.

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